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Things are getting crazy in the Hoff household. We have all our holiday preparations under way, our regular after school activities and now, coming soon — FINALS. My older boys are fairly good with not having test anxiety, but I know my older son is feeling a bit more pressure since he’s in high school now. Both my boys are excellent students and after all the studying and prepping they’ve been doing, I decided they needed a break. I put together this Guardians of the Galaxy Finals Survival Movie Night Break Basket to give them a treat from studying and applaud them for their hard work. It’s so easy to assemble! Besides the awesome movie DVD, it features Guardians of the Galaxy blankets and my signature “Movie Munch”. Everything I needed, I found at Walmart. The boys were so happy with their treat, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
So let’s get started with the Movie Munch and it’s secret ingredient! I’ve been making this recipe for almost 15 years now, and even though it is sticky and gooey, it’s so worth it!
- 2 (3.2 oz) bags microwave popcorn, popped, and any unpopped kernels removed (I use the sea salt version)
- 1 cup pretzels, slightly broken
- 1 cup m&m’s
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the popcorn, pretzels, m&ms and any other things you prefer (raisinets, nuts, etc)
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt and combine the brown sugar, margarine and corn syrup (stirring constantly)
- Once that mixture is combined and just starting to boil, add in the marshmallows (the marshmallows are the secret ingredient! I’ve never seen them in a caramel sauce before!)
- Melt the marshmallows down and once the mixture is boiling, let it boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
When the 2 minutes is up, pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn/pretzel/m&m mixture.
Stir well with a nonstick spoon (you may spray it with pam), and make sure all the popcorn mixture is covered.
Serve immediately or with in an hour or 2. Popcorn and pretzels can go stale very quickly.
How easy was that!
I used these cute little red cups I found in the cake supply aisle at Walmart. They were the perfect size for each boy to have his own!
Bundled up and tied with twine!
Now back to the basket! Like I said, I found everything I needed at my local Walmart. I was able to get the exclusive character 0-sleeve Blu-ray DVD! I chose Rocket Raccoon for the boys. I thought about getting the boys some toys, but since I didn’t want them to take a super long break, I went with the blankets. They will keep them warm while watching the movie and studying. This would also make a great holiday gift for family friends! Both items are easy to locate at your local Walmart. Here is where I found mine:
The blankets were in the toy section at the front of the store where Holiday displays are swapped out year round. The DVD was found on an end cap in the Electronics section that is designated for the “New Releases”. The DVD just came out this week, on December 9th. My kiddos were counting down! Walmart is carrying all kinds of exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy toys, soundtracks, and of course the DVD’s. There are plenty to choose from, great for any Marvel fan.
Digging into the basket. It was a total surprise and they were so happy to get a break!
My oldest was excited about the Rocket Raccoon character 0-sleeve and the extras included on the DVD.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy Character blanket was a big hit! They even liked pretending it was a costume. Silly boys!
Even our rescue puppy, Skippy the Boston Terrier got in on the Family Movie Night action.
Check out the boys on instagram!
So what do you think? Will you be gifting Guardians of the Galaxy products this year? Walmart has an amazing selection, which you can find HERE. Or how about the Movie Munch? Will you make it for your next Family Movie Night?
Great news savvy shoppers!! From 12/7/14 to 12/13/14, when you buy one of these Disney Infinity 2.0 figures (Groot, Drax, or Rocket Raccoon figure for Disney Infintiy 2.0), you will earn a $5 Walmart gift card (instantly, at check out. Your cashier should pass it on to you!). WOW! Don’t miss out on that deal!
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